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MY SUPER EX GIRLFRIEND

SYNOPSIS:
When Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) meets Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman) on the train, he thinks he has met the perfect girl. But the relationship quickly goes into overdrive, when Jenny shows her possessive streak and reveals herself to be none other than the superhero, G-Girl. Matt's best friend Vaughn (Rainn Wilson) advises him to dump her, and Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard), G-Girl's arch nemesis wants his help in order to neutralize her super powers. But easier said than done, especially when G-Girl is seething with jealousy and Matt has his eye on his attractive colleague Hannah (Anna Faris).

Review by Louise Keller:
High energy fun with just the right tone, My Super Ex Girlfriend is fresh and frivolous escapism. Ivan Reitman is the right man to direct this role-reversal super hero fantasy - anyone who can make a success of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito as twins can make sense of G-Girl, the world's whirlwind blonde saviour who throws man-eating sharks when the relationship gets rocky.

Uma Thurman does a lovely balancing act of portraying mousy-haired Jenny Johnson (who has 'an alliteration thing going') and the glamorous super-saviour G-Girl who takes rejection badly. Luke Wilson does his best work ever as an ordinary guy looking for a nice girl, grounding the film by his pragmatic, matter-of-fact delivery. The earth moves in a new way for Matt, when Jenny lets clothes rip in a showy show of seduction skills that include tongue flicking technique. Eddie Izzard's Professor Bedlam ('you can email me on professorbedlam.com') brings pathos to what could have been a farcical role, and Anna Faris is just right as Matt's colleague Hannah, who is dating a hunky underwear model. Over-the-top comedy is countered by the way television scriptwriter Don Payne makes much of Matt's 'normal' relationships, like his relationship with his most uncool best friend Vaughn (Rainn Wilson is especially good).

The best part about the film is that none of it is played for laughs. There's a certain tongue-in-cheek element about it all, but the comedy is as serious as comedy needs to be. There are a few amusing revelations - like rocks change hair colour - and I laughed out loud in the restaurant scene when Jenny/G-Girl is more intent on ordering gnocchi than saving the world, when a romantic twosome becomes a tiresome threesome. We know exactly where things are heading when Matt starts the break-up routine as Jenny is chopping celery, but somehow love finds a way, even if the road to true happiness is filled with rocky hurdles. A super cast who make the ride super fun.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MY SUPER EX GIRLFRIEND (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris

PRODUCER: Arnon Milchan, Gavin Polone

DIRECTOR: Ivan Reitman

SCRIPT: Don Payne

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Don Burgess

EDITOR: Wendy Greene Bricmont

MUSIC: Teddy Castellucci

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jane Musky

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 20. 2006







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